Egypt bars activists from delivering Gaza aid
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 16:11
Cairo: Egyptian authorities have barred activists from delivering aid to Gaza through Rafah crossing despite opening it for an indefinite period to allow humanitarian aid into the Palestinian territory, an opposition MP has claimed.

Egypt on June 1 decided to open the order after a raid by Israeli commandos on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza, in which nine peace activists were killed.

"Three convoys were recently barred entry into the Gaza Strip via the Rafah crossing and the relief aid including the foodstuffs were seized," Muhsin Radi, Member of the Muslim Brotherhood Parliamentary Bloc at the Egyptian People's Assembly, said.

Radi and one of the participants in the convoy dispatched by the professional associations loaded with relief aid from the al-Qalyubiyah Governorate said that the decision to open of the Rafah crossing was a pure media show which is meaningless in practical terms.

Radi noted that they faced many problems as they were heading with the convoy. They were stopped more than once and as soon as they arrived in al-Arish, their convoys were seized. The trucks were carrying 50 tons of relief aid and three tons of medicines.

He said that the Egyptian authorities asked them to go to the al-Awjah crossing, and this request made the organisers more furious and they rejected to admit the relief aid via a Israeli crossing.

He said that he refused to hand over the convoy to the Zionist entity and declared a strike in front of the Rafah crossing along with the delegations that were supportive of the Gaza cause.

Radi pointed out that the Egyptian authorities threatened them but they continued their strike and insisted on breaking the siege that was clamped on the destroyed Gaza Strip.

Opposition groups have accused Egyptian authorities of complicity in the Israeli blockade and have demanded a full, unrestricted opening of the border.

He noted that Egypt is duty-bound by history and geography to help the 1.5 million encircled Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Radi said he would table a question at the People's Assembly condemning the violations that have been committed against the relief convoys dispatched to support the Gaza people and against the lack of Egyptian sovereignty concerning the continued opening of the crossing on permanent basis.


First Published: Saturday, June 19, 2010, 16:11

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